Jaangle

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Jaangle

The personification of a music player and organizer

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Our rating: 

4

Pros & Cons:

Attractive and easily customizable interface with large album art, artist's photo, bio and easy access to lyrics.
Doesn't display some some extended tag info, not yet fully 7 compatible.

Our Review:

Jaangle's looks are superior with a lot of built-in options to customize it to your liking. Along with a number of colorization options to ease or dazzle your eyes, as well as the library viewing options you can basically create your own player. You can select which panes you want to see, their size and where you want to see them. There's also a mini-mode for those who prefer to have Jaangle heard, but not seen.

For those who don't feel like creating playlists, just play a song. If you do nothing, Jaangle's auto DJ mode will randomly go through your .mp3 files. It's like a radio DJ who knows all of your favorite songs and plays them all the time. The library is where Jaangle separates itself from the competition. It displays small thumbnails of every album in your collection along with the artist's picture and bio that it automatically downloads from the internet. Should Jaangle be unable to find the artist you can also manually insert or change the photos and bios. Right clicking on a song will bring up an option to download its lyrics.

A note of mocking laughter rang out when I saw the three-band equalizer, but it is surprising effective, more so than many 18-band equalizers I've used. There's also an adjustable cross fading control. Click them off and automatic digital signal processing takes over for optimum sound.

While you can edit tags manually in Jaangle, extended tags cannot be edited. Just like any of the reviewed players, proper tagging, before you load up the library, is essential to your sanity and can reap many rewards. Seemingly, insignificant differences in entries can wreak havoc. Example: having or not having the decimal point in .38 Special will cause these items to be listed on opposite ends of the library. This looks like another motivation for using a separate tag editor. (Psst! You didn't hear it here, but I use a program called MP3Tag. You can find it at Best Free MP3 Tag Editor.)

And here's a first for ANY music player. You'll notice a little icon on the top toolbar called "Games". If you click on it, you'll be presented with a "Name That Tune" type trivia game based upon the music in your library.

With all its features, Jaangle is the personification of a music player and organizer.


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